2011-01-26 / Obituaries

Ralph Myers

Ralph “Lonnie” Myers, 90, of Old Halcott Road, Fleischmanns, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday Jan. 19, 2011 at Mountainside Care Center in Margaretville.

He was born in Highmount on December 19, 1920, a son of the late Clayton and Pearl Fuller Myers.
A native and lifelong area resident, Ralph was the owner and operator of Ralph’s Exxon for over 25 years, where he used his skills as a master mechanic to assist hundreds of folks in the community.
Ralph’s family was paramount to him. He loved to create rhymes with the grandkids. He had been a member of the Fleischmanns Fire Department and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He answered the call of duty and was a member of the 336 Battalion Engineers and the Explosives Engineers 533 with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was in Central Europe, Northern France, Rhineland and took part in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day at Omaha Beach. He set and placed explosive charges at railroad bridges with a crew of 12 men in France and Germany under combat conditions. He earned the American Service Medal, European, African, Middle Eastern Service Medal with Bronze Arrowhead, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the American Legion.

He loved antique cars and tinkering with small engines.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Helen Moran Myers; a daughter Carole Weigel of Honey Brook, PA; a son Ralph Jr. of Quakertown, PA and a sister Elizabeth Wilkes of Southington, CT. Five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his brother Edward Myers.

A service to celebrate the life of Ralph was held on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main Street, Phoenicia. The Rev. Richard Dykstra was celebrant.
There will be a private interment at the Clovesville Cemetery in the spring.

Ralph’s family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Mountainside Activities Fund or the Catskill Area Hospice. Friends were received on Saturday at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home.
To light a memorial candle or send Ralph’s family a note, please visit www.gormley funeralhome.com.

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